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              Mammoth Cave Saltpeter Works
               

              Mammoth Cave Saltpeter Works (Trade Paperback / Paperback, illustrated edition)

              By George, Angelo I.

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              Mammoth Cave Saltpeter Works is the epic story of enterprising young frontiersmen whose fortunes were made in one of the largest nitrate mines in America. It chronicles the last six years (1810-1816) of pioneer saltpeter mining and business history in the world's longest cave. Ma...mmoth Cave achieved fame during the War of 1812, as the preeminent saltpeter factory in the nation, and international fame with the discovery and exhibition of prehistoric Indian mummies dug up by the saltpeter miners. Tourists began visiting the cave in 1816, the nations second oldest commercial cave. Mammoth Cave Saltpeter Works covers new ground unraveling day-to-day working conditions, utilizing state-of-the-art Swiss and French technology and mining methodology to manufacturer better quality saltpeter than any competition. The saltpeter works were wrecked during the New Madrid earthquakes. Management had to rebuild the factory along with coping with labor strikes, shipping delays, resource depletion, and hostile business takeover, all the while trying to supply saltpeter to the DuPont Powder Factory during the first part of the War of 1812. African-American slaves provided the majority of labor by working under harsh conditions. Toiling their craft underground and living there as well, 24-hours a day, every day, and rarely came out to the light of day. The business associated with the manufacturing of saltpeter and gunpowder helped to change the way people conducted commerce from barter to a cash economy at the start of America's Industrial Revolution. Professional geologist and spelean-historian Angelo I. George, is a recognized authority on the early pioneer history of Mammoth Cave
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              ISBN 9780971303829
              Released NZ 1 Jul 2005
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              Mummies, Catacombs and Mammoth Cave
               

              Mummies, Catacombs and Mammoth Cave (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd edition)

              By George, Angelo I.

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              Mummies, Catacombs and Mammoth Cave recounts the discovery of Indian mummies in American caves. Over three thousand years ago Native Americans used caves as their workplace, home, and site for burials. Many are found in the Mammoth Cave area. The book traces the exploits of a num...ber of Indiana Jones kind of adventurers and their amazing discoveries of mysterious catacombs and caves full of Indian mummies. A catacomb of prehistoric Indian mummies was reported in an 1808 travelogue. A pioneer discovery of a dry cave full of well-preserved Indian mummies adjacent to Lexington, Kentucky - The first burials reported of this nature in an America cave. Three years later, saltpeter miners began to dig up mummies in a cave near Mammoth Cave. One of these, Fawn Hoof, the best known of all the mummies, was taken to Mammoth Cave and exhibited. In 1816, newspapers carried Nahum Ward's report of a swashbuckling cave exploring adventure. It was an adventure like no other - stupendous rooms, exploring miles of passage, seeing sparkling formations and a petrified Indian mummy. The mummy really captivated people's attention. Tourist traveled to the cave to see this wonder of nature and relive the adventure, making Mammoth Cave a top tourist destination as a famous abode of prehistoric Indians. Today, Mammoth Cave is the longest cave in the world - with surveyed passages measuring over 400 miles in length.
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              ISBN 9780971303836
              Released NZ 1 Oct 2013
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